I never had that issue. If you aren't able to remove it in any direction, the only thing you can do is lower the exhaust.
Are the bolts that hold the down pipe to the manifold in good condition? You should be able to just remove them, and it will drop down low enough to remove the starter.
I wish I was there to see what you are dealing with. That would make it a lot easier. LOL
Let me know.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 AT 7:03 PM